Recap: Day 2 of NFL Draft

Geoff Robinson
The Detroit News
Commissioner Roger Goodell, left, poses with a fan after the Detroit Lions selected Frank Ragnow during the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday.


1 (33). Cleveland: Austin Corbett, OT, Nevada

The Browns got some protection for top overall pick Baker Mayfield by grabbing a clean prospect in Corbett.

Cleveland already has a solid defense, and just added the top corner in the draft in Ohio State's Denzel Ward last night, so I'd expect them to go heavy on the offense for the duration of this draft.

2 (34). New York Giants: Will Hernandez, OG, UTEP

3 (35). Cleveland: Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia

Well, there goes one of the Lions possible targets in the second round. Like I said earlier, the Browns are going to go heavy on the offense.

4 (36). Indianapolis: Darius Leonard, LB, South Carolina St.

5 (37). Indianapolis: Braden Smith, OG, Auburn

6 (38) .Tampa Bay: Ronald Jones II, RB, USC

That's another running back option gone by the wayside. At this point, if Lions fans really want a running back in the second round, they'll probably have to hope Derrius Guice to continue his slide.

7 (39). Chicago: James Daniels, C, Iowa

8 (40). Denver: Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU

9 (41). Tennessee (from Oakland): Harold Landry, DE, Boston College

The Titans traded with Oakland to move up and select Landry, a guy a lot of Lions fans were screaming for at No. 20 last night.

Landry has huge upside, but injury concerns were reported to be the reason for his slipping more than 20 spots past were the Lions selected.

For their troubles, the Raiders picked up the No. 57 and No. 89 picks tonight.

10 (42). Miami: Mike Gesicki, TE, Penn State

11 (43). Detroit (from New England): Kerryon Johnson, RB, Auburn

The Lions have their running back, and it isn't Derrius Guice. The Lions traded up with the Patriots (of course) to select Johnson (5'11", 213 pounds). Johnson rushed for nearly 1,400 yards and 18 touchdowns for the Tigers in 2017.

There will be some questions why the Lions didn't take Guice, but Johnson is now the sixth tailback off the board before Guice, and the Lions paid to get him, sending the 51st overall pick (obviously) and their fourth round selection (117th overall) to the Patriots.

The announcement of the pick was made by former Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson, who sported a Beverly Hills Cop style jacket on stage before dedicating the pick to the "hard-working people of Michigan."

12 (44). San Francisco (from Washington): Dante Pettis, WR, Washington

The 49ers moved up for the right to select Pettis.

13 (45). Green Bay: Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa

14 (46). Kansas City (from Cincinnati): Breeland Speaks, DE, Ole Miss

The Chiefs jumped up, giving up the 54th and 78th overall picks for this 46th overall selection and the 100th pick, which is the last of the night.

15 (47). Arizona: Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M

16 (48). Los Angeles Chargers: Uchenna Nwosu, LB, USC

17 (49). Philadelphia:  Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota St.

18 (50). Dallas: Connor Williams, OL, Texas

19 (51). Chicago: Anthony Miller, WR, Memphis

So, the Bears jumped up and traded for this pick after the Lions traded it to New England.

With the pick, they added an offensive weapon, something that second-year quarterback Mitch Trubisky desperately needs. The Bears must have really like Miller because they traded away next year's second round pick to get him. And, if we're being honest here, that's probably going to be an early second round selection.

20 (52). Indianapolis: Kemoko Turay, DE, Rutgers

21 (53). Tampa Bay: M.J. Stewart, CB, UNC

22 (54). Kansas City: Jessie Bates III, DB, Wake Forest

23 (55). Carolina: Donte Jackson, CB, LSU

24 (56). New England: Duke Dawson, CB, Florida

The Patriots traded the 63rd and 117th overall picks to Tampa Bay for the right to make this selection.

25 (57). Oakland: P.J. Hall, DT, Sam Houston State

26 (58). Atlanta: Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado

27 (59). Washington: Derrius Guice, RB, LSU

Guice is finally off the board just minutes after NFL Network's Mike Mayock reported that there could be an ongoing issue with the first round talent that has yet to come to light. Everyone will tell you he's a first round talent, but his immaturity was a big red flag.

28 (60). Pittsburgh: James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State

29 (61). Jacksonville: DJ Chark, WR, LSU

30 (62). Minnesota: Brian O'Neill, OT, Pittsburgh

31 (63). Tampa Bay: Carlton Davis, DB, Auburn

32 (64). Indianapolis: Tyquan Lewis, DE, Ohio State

I'm just going to jump in here real quick before the third round and note that Michigan's Mo Hurst, one of the most talented defensive tackles in the draft, continues to slide. This is most likely due to teams being scared about a supposed heart issue that came up at the combine. As it turned out, Hurst had been cleared for this issue while at Michigan, and was again cleared of this issue by multiple doctors he saw following the combine. Whoever gets Hurst is going to get the steal of the draft.


1 (65). Oakland: Brandon Parker, OT, N.C. A&T

2 (66). New York Giants: Lorenzo Carter, LB, Georgia

3 (67). Cleveland: Chad Thomas, DE, Miami

4 (68). Houston: Justin Reid, S, Stanford

5 (69). New York Giants: B.J. Hill, DT, N.C. State

6 (70). San Francisco: Fred Warner, LB, BYU

7 (71). Denver: Royce Freeman, RB, Oregon

We're nearly 40 picks into Day 2 at the NFL Draft and we've yet to see a quarterback taken since Lamar Jackson went with the 32nd overall selection to Baltimore. That drove the QB count up to five for the first round.

Mason Rudolph, Luke Falk and Mike White were pegged as guys that could be taken in the second and third rounds.

8 (72). New York Jets: Nathan Shepherd, DT, Fort Hays St

9 (73). Miami: Jerome Baker, LB, Ohio State

10 (74). Washington: Geron Christian, OT, Louisville

11 (75). Kansas City: Derrick Nnadi, DT, Florida State

12 (76). Pittsburgh: Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State

And there it is. We have our first quarterback off the board on Day 2 of the NFL Draft.

This is a depth pick for the Steelers, who still have Ben Roethlisberger and Landry Jones. But Rudolph is intriguing, as he throws one of the prettiest deep balls you've ever seen. It will be interesting to see him and Jones battle it out for the backup spot.

13 (77). Cincinnati: Sam Hubbard, DE, Ohio State

14 (78). Cincinnati: Malik Jefferson, LB, Texas

15 (79). Arizona: Rasheem Green, DE, USC

16 (80). Houston: Martinas Rankin, OT, Miss State

17 (81). Dallas: Michael Gallup, WR, Colorado State

18 (82). Detroit: Tracy Walker, DB, Louisiana Lafayette

The Lions went with to the defensive side of the ball for the first time in this draft, but it's not along the defensive line, and that's going to make some people unhappy.

Walker is 6'1", 206 pounds and is a very good tackler that can make a lot of plays on the football. He's likely to play safety for the Lions, though it's hard to see how he starts in 2018. Upon making the pick, Bob Quinn and Matt Patricia were celebrating with enthusiasm in the Lions' draft room.

Meanwhile, Michigan defensive tackle Mo Hurst is still on the board thanks to a heart issue that it appears a lot of team doctors won't sign off on, despite the fact that many other physicians have cleared him to play. A lot of chatter around town zeroed in on the Lions taking Hurst in the second round, but it's become apparent that he's probably not even on their draft board because getting him in the third round could have been the steal of the draft.

That said, I'm not a professional football GM like Bob Quinn. Neither are you. I've learned not to overreact to the draft because none of us know anything. Let it play out.

19 (83). Baltimore: Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma

20 (84). Los Angeles Chargers: Justin Jones, DT, N.C. State

21 (85). Carolina: Rashaan Gaulden, DB, Tennessee

22 (86). Baltimore: Mark Andrews, TE, Oklahoma

23 (87). Oakland: Arden Key, LB, LSU

24 (88). Green Bay: Oren Burks, LB, Vanderbilt

25 (89). Los Angeles Rams: Joseph Noteboom, OT, TCU

26 (90). Atlanta: Deadrin Senat, DT, South Florida

27 (91). New Orleans: Tre'Quan Smith, WR, UCF

28 (92). Pittsburgh: Chukwuma Okorafor, OT, Western Michigan

Okorafor was taken by the Steelers near the end of the third round, right about where a lot of scouts had him pegged. Okorafor is a big, strong dude, but naysayers thought his tape was underwhelming. He's a great run-blocker, but he's got some work to do when it comes to pass blocking.

Okorafor, who is from Southfield, is first player selected from the Mid-American Conference in this year's draft.

29 (93). Jacksonville: Ronnie Harrison, S, Alabama

30 (94). Tampa Bay: Alex Cappa, OL, Humboldt State

31 (95). San Francisco: Tarvarius Moore, S, Southern Miss

32 (96). Buffalo: Harrison Phillips, DT, Stanford

33 (97). Arizona: Mason Cole, C, Michigan

Cole is the first selection from Michigan or MSU, going to the Cardinals at No. 97. He's actually just the second player selected from any college in Michigan, as Chukwuma Okorafor of WMU went to Pittsburgh five picks earlier.

Cole (6'4", 307 pounds) is a solid lineman that will have a chance to compete for playing time in his rookie season. He's got some flexibility, as well, as he started for two years at left tackle for the Wolverines.

34 (98). Houston: Jordan Akins, TE, UCF

35 (99). Denver: Isaac Yiadom, CB, Boston College

36 (100). Kansas City: Dorian O'Daniel, LB, Clemson


When: Thursday through Saturday

Where: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

Format: Rounds 2-3 start at 7 p.m. Friday; Rounds 4-7 start at noon Saturday

TV: NFL Network and ESPN; on Fox on Friday

Lions: They have six picks: No. 20 (first round), No. 51 (second round), No. 82 (third round), No. 117 (fourth round), No. 153 (fifth round), No. 237 (seventh round).


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